On Saturday, I had the wonderful opportunity to he…

On Saturday, I had the wonderful opportunity to help and observe a friend put a couple of batches of soda down. He’s been home brewing beer for quite awhile now and I, correctly, thought that by actually watching him do a batch I could pick up plenty of tips and techniques about brewing. It was quite a good time, and he even sent me home with half of the batches (8 bottles, 4 of each type) to observe, test, and enjoy.

We used the same yeast as I had with the fated Batch 1 a few weeks ago, but increased the amount of yeast used by quite a bit. His reasoning was that the packets are setup for 5 gallon batches, and the 1/8th tsp of yeast isn’t nearly a fifth of the package. It’s a good possibility that may be one of the reasons I was getting such slow carbonation on that batch.

Also, he had ordered a case of plastic bottles with replaceable screw on tops, just like you would get pop out of the cooler at a convenience store. The bottles are brown so it makes it somewhat difficult to really get a good idea of the color of the brews, but seem to be quite good otherwise. I’m not sure how much I like them just because of the long-term wear and tear is likely to make them unusable after only a few batches. Also, if you serve to people who don’t know that you actually paid for them, and are planning on reusing them you stand a good chance on not getting one or 2 back. We’ll see. It certainly makes it easy to figure out the carbonation levels though, as recommended by innumerable references. (More later)

This morning I realized, again, that I have too ma…

This morning I realized, again, that I have too many hobbies. I really wonder if I sometimes really get paralyzed by the number of things that I _could_ be doing. Work is easier, there is a defined goal that I need to work for generally so it’s easy to just keep plugging away until it gets done. There will always be other goals to work toward at work.

At home how many solid goals do I really have that I work toward? Most of them really do not have any deadlines, they just exist as things that I should probably get around to someday.

Dunno what it means, but self awareness is possibly one of those goals that I do like to work towards. Or at least an illusion of self-awareness anyway.

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Quick note about talking to me about anything you …

Quick note about talking to me about anything you see, there should be at least a couple of links on this page that send me email. Maybe it’s old fashioned, but this space is and will continue to be me speaking to the world without the availability for the worlds comments to be seen directly by the rest of the world.

Having been running a BBS (L-Space) for a little over a year and a half, I’m beginning to form a theory that the reason why many people participate in that type of forum, or really any text based message forum is for a simple form of validation. It feels good to say something and hear people say that you’re right, or that they hope you get through whatever, or that they agree with you except possibly in this little way, or whatever. They have expressed themselves and they have been validated.

I wonder if the reason that I see LiveJournal as such a poisonous forum is because I hear all about the times when people don’t get the validation that they are looking for. On the other hand, I wonder if L-Space is a bit too validating sometimes. Gets a bit syrupy too many days. But then there is Ed’s Room which seems to be validation for a somewhat different set of people.

So if it’s really all about validation, it’s also all about finding the forum that validates you the way that you want to. It’s entirely possible that my Blog is ideal since the only validation that I regularly get is from myself.

Something to think about anyway.

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After Sprint backed down on their promise to relea…

After Sprint backed down on their promise to release 3G support for the phone Springboard module that I use, I’ve been thinking about maybe looking into a new phone. Probably wouldn’t get one quite yet, but it’s time to start researching.

So I poked around the web a bit and I ran into a couple of problems:

  • CDMA 3G is really the best way to go for wireless data. GSM is okay, but doesn’t allow you to multiplex voice and data at the same time.
  • There are no CDMA phones that also have Bluetooth.
  • There is a Bluetooth Springboard adapter
  • There is a Bluetooth GPS Reciever

So it seems that for the moment I couldn’t switch to a provider that had both 3G and Bluetooth even if I wanted to. Sucks to be me I suppose.

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Progress Report

Progress Report
Recipe Number: 1.0
Batch Number: 1
Stage: Carbonation
Elapsed Time: 182 hours

I had opened bottle #2 earlier in the week and it had still not been at all carbonated so I decided to just let it sit for a few days, then the household got pretty sick for most of the week and then busy, and so finally on Saturday I opened bottle #3 and there was carbonation. Still pretty light though. The smell is about the same and definitely off putting for drinking, even though the actual flavor is definitely drinkable. So, the result? I could drink this stuff if I had to, but thank goodness I don’t have to. I dumped the rest of the batch and I think I’ll try putting down a batch of ginger ale later this week and see how that goes.